Earlier we reported on casting information and plot development for "The Wolverine," now word comes from the Hollywood Reporter that Darren Aronofsky has stepped down from helming the new movie.
Fox still supports the movie and is "aggressively" seeking a new director.
Aronofsky released a statement citing the extensive travel requirements being the reason for his departure.
"As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, who have been totally supportive throughout my work on the movie, it became clear that the production of 'The Wolverine' would keep me out of the country for almost a year,” Aronofsky said in the statement.
“I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won't be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again."
Fox replied that they sympathisize with his reasoning and look forward to working with Aronofsky in the future.
“While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do The Wolverine, we also understand and respect his reasons. Having done both The Wrestler and Black Swan with Darren, we know he is an extraordinary talent and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future. Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making The Wolverine. We will regroup and move forward aggressively.”
Wow! I'm quite surprised by this.
From previous reports it sounded like both Aronofsky and Jackman were both excited about the upcoming movie, which is not a sequel and based off the comic book series, "Wolverine" from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Aronofsky even told Hugh Jackman to bulk up for the role as Wolverine, in the comics, is much shorter and muscular than the 6'2'' Jackman.
Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as news develops.